October 31 and November 1, 2019 - Greensboro, NC
Halloween ended up being super stormy at night so our neighborhood opted for trick or treating on Friday instead. But earlier in the day I took the twins to Halloween storytime at our local library. We dressed up in our lion costumes and made it there just in time. They got to play with some pumpkins, sing some songs, and listen to some stories. Definitely a fun morning!
Trick or treating the following day was hilarious. At first they didn't understand what to do, and then they tried trading candy, and then they got really upset when it was over and we took away the candy. But boy were the really cute lions! <RAWR>
October 26, 2019 - Greensboro, NC
Boy oh boy was this entertaining!
We have a local place called Pigtails and Crewcuts that I had heard good things for first haircuts. They have a little package you can get- with a photo, keychain, and lock of hair. So we showed up on Saturday morning hoping to squeeze in before lunch.
At first the twins were like cool this place has a train set to play with! But once they were seated in their respective car chairs all bets were off.
Luke went first, grabbed the steering wheel, and held on for dear life. Not coming close to cracking a smile the entire time. It was really pretty funny. No tears and he sat completely still but would not smile AT ALL. But the mullet is gone and we barely recognize him.
Graham was next, also concerned, would not grab the wheel but also wouldn't smile. He didn't cry but their were times I thought he might. He sat perfectly still though.
They both did great! And have cut cleaned up haircuts to prove it. :)
August 30-September 2, 2019 - Waynesville, NC
We drove up to the mountains to see Jon's family for the long weekend. Went for runs/walks at the lake, cooked out on the back deck, had a good time! The twins really liked swinging and running around on the deck. They also got to go to church and played with all the bulletins and hymnals. ha.
And finally the got to apple pick! They didn't know what to make of it but did show off their apples! Always a good time!!
August 5, 2019 - Asheboro, NC
Jon's parents came to town, we celebrated Grammy's birthday, and then we decided to take a morning trip to the zoo!
I went to the Asheboro Zoo a lot as a kid with my grandparents so I was familiar but it had been a long time. We decided to visit Africa on this trip so the boys could see all the animals we'd been reading about in books. They still get in free (until age 2) after which we might get an annual pass if we come a lot- it's only 40mins away!
We saw elephants, zebras, giraffes, and lots of monkeys! Some of Africa is closed while they build an Asia section. And it's funny- what seemed so big as a kid felt a lots smaller as an adult. ha! Both kiddos loved seeing the animals. Graham was content to ride around in the stroller but Luke wanted to walk around on his own- Mr. Independent.
For lunch, we stopped at their chicken restaurant and chowed down. Twins are big fans of chicken nuggets and fries. They got banana and animal crackers too.
All in all a good first (of hopefully many) visits to the zoo!
August 7, 2019
We made it to year 5! Props to us haha.
We actually didn’t get to celebrate until early August as Jon was working band camp on our actual anniversary. But when we did we took a brewery tour of Greensboro and then followed it up with a yummy dinner at Green Valley Grill.
Our gift to each other this year is our new house because yes there went all our money 😂.
Cheers to 5 years and here’s to many more!!
July 4, 2019 - Raleigh, NC
We drove to Raleigh for the day for a cookout and to see family. The twins ate hamburger and baked beans as well as some tasty peach cobbler for dessert. And of course I took lots of photos so had to put those up!
June 30, 2019 - Greensboro, NC
Just popping in with some photos from playing in our new house. We've got our own (fenced off) room with lots of toys and we LOVE it.
June 7, 2019 - Greensboro, NC
After spending a weekend in March looking at 20+ houses, narrowing it down to our top 3 to see again, and then finally making an offer. I'm glad we finally got here and the house is now ours. One of the big deciding factors (outside of proximity to campus) was whether or not there were jogging trails. I know that might not be important to some people, but everywhere I've lived since I started running has had easy access to trails. I just couldn't see giving that up now, especially with the twins.
So we chose a place in SW Greensboro that has a network of about 5miles worth of trails. I can drive to the nearby longer trail or take sidewalks along the busier roads to get in my longer runs. Super excited about this.
The process however to actually buy a house is intense, stressful, and something I don't want to go again for awhile. From the inspection appointments to repairs, and all the documentation that the mortgage company needs... IT WAS AWFUL. We were rushing around at the last minute but thankfully got everything completed in time to close.
And now we are the proud owners of a 4bed, 2.5bath house in the suburbs of Greensboro. Come visit!
April 20-21, 2019 - Blacksburg, VA
Technically the twins second easter but the first they really got to enjoy!
Gammy and Granddaddy came up from Raleigh for the weekend and we did lots of fun things!
First- on Saturday we went to an Easter Egg Hunt. We had done some practice rounds with the twins so they sort of understood they were supposed to pick up eggs and put them in their buckets. They put all the toddlers (with parents) into a little gated area with hay and then let them get as many as they could in 10 minutes. It took a little coaxing but Luke and Graham did great! Then we met the Easter bunny and of course got some fun photos with him as well as the other Easter decor. Then (which may have been the best part of the day really) we found some swings! The boys had never experienced swings before and let's just say they were a hit! As always Luke was a little skeptical but then loved it and Graham loved it right from the start.
After the hunt we headed over to The Farmhouse to eat some brunch. The twins got to snack on all kinds of things while they ate their normal lunches. Big fans of biscuits, eggs, bacon, potatoes - you name it, they totally ate it.
Then lots of napping! After we played more with our eggs- now that they understands putting them in the bucket and all.
Sunday we headed to a nearby church in our cute Easter outfits that Gammy had brought. We all sat in the back just in case we needed to pop out- but the twins were really good and sat through the whole service! Music was their favorite part but Luke also enjoyed making faces at the little girl sitting behind us. It was very cold for Easter but we had a good day anyway. The Easter bunny brought the twins some books, shovel and buckets, animals, candy, and more bath toys. They LOVED their new books as well as the other things and maybe the candy a little too much ha.
Easter was a lot of fun - and now that they are getting older and understanding things better I think holidays in general are going to be a lot more entertaining!
February 27, 2019 - Blacksburg, VA
And just like the twins are 1!!! Sometimes I feel like we blinked and suddenly they were toddlers - other times it feels like this day took forever to get here. It's been a crazy whirlwind year, and while I have had my moments I wouldn't trade it for anything.
We celebrated the weekend before with all our families. Gammy and Granddaddy came up from Raleigh and Grammy, Pops, Great Pat and Great Mike, Jordan and Christopher all came up from Waynesville. I had made banners with their photos from each month that turned out great (as well as a few other decorations). We also got some fun balloons. I made banana cupcakes with cream cheese icing for the twins :D
So we started off with snacks while the twins ate some lunch and then it was cupcake time! This was the first real time they had eaten any cake... let's just say it was pretty funny. They didn't know what to do with the cakes - it took a little convincing but then we were good to go.
Then it was present time! We're still figuring out how to open presents and tear paper so maybe next year they'll be able to do it themselves. Luke and Graham got lots of fun toys, clothes and new shoes!
After all the presents there was lots of playing and then it was time for a nap!!
So glad everyone could come up for a visit. :)
We celebrated again on their actual birthday with a trip to our local mexican restaurant (for mom and dad) and then by eating more cupcakes (which we really got into this time!).
Overall we can't believe their one! What a year it has been!